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The Knights Landing One Health Clinic

Students of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine joined the School of Medicine students to offer free healthcare services to an underserved community in rural California. They have established a monthly One Health Clinic that integrates animal health with human health, while considering environment and life-style of the "family unit."

7 Questions With Miles Daniels

"It’s the aspect of working on projects that have the potential to generate lasting improvements in the way we interact with our environment that makes my work enjoyable." 

Students Win 1st & 2nd Prize at Wildlife Disease Association Conference

1st Place

Physical Effects of Chemically Dispersed Oil on Common Murres, by Emily Whitmer

This project is an investigation into the effects of exposure to chemical dispersant and dispersed oil on seabirds.  Seabirds are vulnerable to marine oil spills because they rely on their plumage to form waterproof barrier between the cold ocean water and their skin.  When exposed to oil, the waterproof barrier is disrupted and the bird rapidly loses body heat and buoyancy.   Dispersants emulsify oil into small droplets and can break up oil slicks on the sea surface, so they have the potential to reduce the risk of seabird exposure to oil on the sea surface.  However, we know very little about the effects of exposure to dispersants and dispersed oil on seabirds.  

The Oiled Wildlife Care Network team undertook this project to investigate the impact of exposure to dispersant and dispersed oil on the feather structure, waterproofing, thermoregulation, and behavior of seabirds.  Our aim is to provide data to inform decision-making and net environmental benefit analysis for chemical dispersant use during marine oil spill response.  

We were fortunate to collaborate with and draw on the expertise of veterinarians, biologists, and other scientists from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the One Health Institute, the UC Davis Department of Environmental Toxicology, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  

2nd Place

Organochlorines in California sea lions - Temporal trends and association with cancer and infectious disease,  by Nistara Randhawa

The study was on PCBs and DDTs (organochlorine contaminants) in the blubber of California sea lions: their association with biological factors like age and sex; trend over time; and association with health. These pollutants were found to be significantly associated with adverse health, increasing the risk of cancer and infectious diseases. Additionally, their levels were found to decline over time. On the basis of this study, California sea lions could be considered useful sentinels for monitoring marine environment health. 

Students Win Big at AAVMA Conference

Four poster awards were given by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges at their annual Conference on One Health this March. Of those four total awards, three went to students from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Meet Dr. Sarad Paudel, The OHI's Summer Fellow

During his brief training, he was actively involved in global wildlife and human health projects and learned the techniques employed at the One Health Institute to manage projects and investigate disease threats. 

This Year's Students for One Health Officers

The officers for the Students for One Health change annually. Here are the students currently at the helm. 

Meet The Student Interns of Evotis

This publication is put together with help from three very talented student interns: Jasjeet Dhanota, Matt Richards and Chris Ancheta. 

Remembering Dr. Murray Fowler

"Dr. Fowler’s influence on the discipline of zoological medicine defies adequate words because it has been so incredibly illustrious and far-reaching."



7 Questions With Miles Daniels

By Jasjeet Dhanota

Before beginning his work at UC Davis, Miles Daniels completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at California State University Monterey Bay, where he researched fecal pathogens in coastal wetlands and the ways in which wetlands could improve water quality for humans and wildlife. For his PhD work at UC Davis, he has studied fecal pathogens from water sources in eastern India and the ways in which improved sanitation could reduce exposure to these disease-causing organisms. 

In the questions below, Daniels discusses his passion for the environment and shares some other fun facts about himself. 

1. How did you decide to work with wildlife?

Since growing up along the Ventura River in Ojai, California and exploring its many playgrounds as a kid, I have felt a strong connection to my environment, including the many wildlife species that I loved to watch. It is from this strong connection and the understanding that our health is tied to the health of the environment, that I developed an interest and passion for working to protect environmental resources and wildlife for today’s and future generations.

2. What do you like most about working at the One Health Institute?

I enjoy working in the One Health Institute because of the shared goals of the staff to conduct research to improve ways we interact with our environment for the betterment of ourselves as well as the protection of wildlife. Plus, all the people are very friendly!

3. What is the most rewarding part of the work you do?

Since I began working on research projects in California with an emphasis on reducing water quality impacts to human and animal health, I have been fortunate enough to work at beautiful field sites along the coast of California while conducting applied research. It’s this aspect of working on projects that have the potential to generate lasting improvements in the way we interact with our environment that makes my work enjoyable.

4. If you had the time to learn anything, what would it be?

I have always wanted to learn how to fly a plane. With a background in earth sciences, I always enjoy having a window seat when on commercial flights and looking at geological formations from a different perspective, and I would like to be able to turn the plane whenever I would like!

5. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

I would enjoy meeting Aldo Leopold, a leader in developing ideas about environmental stewardship. After reading his books and learning about his life and perspectives on environmental ethics, I would like to hear his viewpoints on how we manage and coexist with our environment today and how situations today can compare to when he was working to protect wilderness regions of the northwest.

6. What is the #1 most played song on your iPod?

One of my favorite artists is Bob Dylan. I enjoy his unique voice and some of my favorite songs of his, such as “Seven Curses”, are also great stories.

7. What goals do you have for the future?

After completing my degree I hope to find a job where I can continue applied research into management practices that will improve human, animal, and environmental health with an ultimate goal of working with policy makers to implement proven management practices. I will be happy as long as my passion for protecting the environment can be met and I get to continue exploring outdoors!

If you would like to learn more about Miles Daniels’ work in the Monterey Bay wetlands, follow this link.